8/26/2014 10:05 P.M. ET
DeSclafani heads Marlins contingent in AFL
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Anthony DeSclafani got a taste of the big leagues this season, making five starts and appearing in seven games with the Marlins. In the offseason, the 24-year-old will get an opportunity to polish up his game in the Arizona Fall League.
DeSclafani is one of seven Marlins prospects heading to the AFL to play for the Salt River Rafters.
"It's just a way to get him more innings," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.
DeSclafani's season was mixed with stints up in the big leagues and back in the Minors. It resulted in stretches of going from frequent use to seldom use.
"He missed a few opportunities to start and get some innings," Hill said. "We just wanted to give him the workload to give him a full season of innings and continue his pitch development."
Managing the Rafters will be Andy Haines, the Marlins' Triple-A New Orleans manager.
Prospects from the Marlins, Astros, D-backs, Rockies and Twins will be on the Salt River squad.
DeSclafani is one of four Miami Minor League pitchers going to Arizona. Joining him will be lefties Raudel Lazo and Edgar Olmos, who was called up to the big leagues for one day before being optioned back to New Orleans.
Reid Redman, a right-hander, rounds out the pitchers.
Catcher Chad Wallach, the son of Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach, is on the Salt River roster, as are infielders Austin Nola and Justin Bohn.
Opening Day for the Arizona Fall League is Oct. 7.
Injured hip likely to cost Morris rest of road trip
ANAHEIM -- Feeling some discomfort in his right hip, Marlins reliever Bryan Morris was sent back to Miami on Tuesday for further evaluation.
Morris has helped solidify the eighth inning, but the hard-throwing right-hander experienced some discomfort after pitching in Colorado on Saturday.
"We're going to get it checked out," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "I don't want to jump to any conclusions."
The team remains hopeful the issue isn't serious, but Morris isn't expected to return for the rest of the road trip, which includes the remainder of the series against the Angels -- which concludes Wednesday night -- as well as a weekend set in Atlanta.
"I'm hoping it is only a couple of days," Hill said.
Morris has worked in the eighth inning, as have A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn.
Rosters expand on Monday, and the Marlins can bring up more pitching depth then. The team is hoping Carter Capps will return from the disabled list in early September.
The Marlins acquired Morris from the Pirates on June 1 for a Competitive Balance pick in the First-Year Player Draft. With Miami, he's thrown 37 2/3 innings while posting a 0.48 ERA.